It's been an exciting summer so far! After all of that rain the horses are definitely enjoying the nice weather and so am I. Over the winter I did a lot of program collaborating with the Dual King Ranch as their volunteer program director and now it's time to shift gears and hit the ground running with Braided Tales. This winter I also had the fortunate opportunity to meet these two cuties! Meet Apache and Cheyenne. They are 23 years old and they are brothers.
Their current owners recued them from slaughter when they where yearlings and have had a happy, healthy life living on 70 acres in Willits, my hometown. I received a call from their loving owners who are moving out of the country and aren't able to take their beloved horses with them. They have offered to donate them to Braided Tales along with all of their tack and horse trailer. I had to sit down and catch my breath when I got the call. It's been challenging to get Braided Tales up and running and this is a huge contribution to the program.
Apache and Cheyenne are very special horses and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them over the last coupe of months. Apache is the investigator and questions pretty much everything...Cheyenne's MO is snuggling and loves his big brother. Their personalities are night and day and I always look forward to my visits with them.
In preparation for taking them on, I am putting my application in for the upcoming grant competition, Startup Mendocino. If I am able to get this grant, it will allow me to finally launch Braided Tales! It's been a very exciting start to the summer and I can't wait to see what is in store. In the meantime, I am searching for the right location for Braided Tales and visiting these two fellas on a regular bases.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the people who have supported me on this journey…
My family and friends, my business coach Steve Lamb, The Redwood Empire Trail Riders, JoAnne and Johnny Buergler, the Petersen family, the Bray family, Harmony Gaits, Dark Horse Medicine, my many mentors that I have had over the years, Cathy and Bill Brown and everyone that has watched and supported as Braided Tales has grown. I wouldn’t be able to do this without you!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!
Happy trails from Braided Tales!
Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.
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